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Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

I began my PokeQuest with Chimchar, the fire monkey, and soon added a Geodude, Shinx and Shellos to my crew. Geodude, who evolves into Graveler and then Golem, is a rock/ground Pokemon who is impervious to electric attacks and stands up well against flying and fire Pokemon. His Magnitude attack wipes out all kinds of opponents, but he is useless against water and plant enemies.


Chimchar, the Diamond and Pearl answer to Charizard, is a cute monkey with a flaming tail. When he evolves into Infernape, his hairdo goes flaming, too.

Hence, I also have Chimchar, who burns through plants. For fighting water Pokemon, I captured a Shinx, which evolved into a Luxio who evolved into a Luxray—a relatively competent electric Pokemon.

You should always strive to have the basics—fire, water, ground and electric—in your party. You can combine elements (Gyrados has fire and water, Infernape has fire and fight) but you need to cover your bases.

I generally do not carry ghost or psychic Pokemon. I know, there are a lot of you out there who will swear by Alakazam and Mewtwo. But you can teach Luxray Bite—a dark attack that wipes out psychic and ghost Pokemon in a hurry.

Get your water, electric, ground and fire attacks down pat, and you will have an answer for any situation.

Tips from Nintendo

In Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, the way Moves affect opponents have changed. Physical Moves strike the opponent up close and use the Attack stat, where as Special Moves strike from afar and use the Special Attack stat. Knowing the difference between the two greatly improves your battle strategy.

Have your Pokemon learn moves that cover its weaknesses. For example, have a Fighting-type Pokemon learn a Ice-type or Dark-type move.

Pay attention to a Pokemon’s ability. Quite a few Pokemon have more than one available to them. A Pokemon’s ability like Levitate can make the difference in a battle.

If you have taught your Pokemon the wrong move, don’t fret! There are people in the Sinnoh that can help. Try looking for the Move Deleter or a Move Tutor. These are people who can help you with your troubles.

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50 Comments on Tips for Pokemon Diamond and Pearl

  1. To get all three johto starters, get a action replay(I think they still have some at target by brooklyn college). pick the pokedex 100% done and go to the GTS. Search untill you find a good trade.

  2. twilight_101 // March 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm // Reply

    what’s the best way that i can catch heatron? i try all my pokeballs and i hav to restrt again l8ter! so how do i catch heatron the easy way? CAN SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER ME!!!!!!!!!!

  3. were can you find it

  4. could some one tell me if my team is good???heres what i have:

    BOY charizard Lv.100 (first pokemon EVER)

    GIRLgengar Lv. 100 (obtained in trade at Lv.66)

    GIRLgarchomp Lv.100 (obtained in trade at Lv.100)

    BOYsceptile Lv.86 (starter pokemon in emerald)

    rayquaza Lv.94 (obtained in trade at Lv.70 in emerald then migrated)

    groudon Lv.100 (obtained in trade at Lv.100)

    Plus i have a lv. 100 bedew!!! and a lv6 mew and a lv. 81 mewtwo and machamp!!

    Ps i am willing to trade one of my Darkrais 4 a Lv. 100 girl charizard. GIRL one. after all i am a girl.

  5. pokemon master!! // March 15, 2008 at 12:52 pm // Reply

    if you need any help on pokemon diamond,pearl,mystery dungon 1 or 2, or any pokemon games just ask me!

  6. pokemaster // March 15, 2008 at 4:17 am // Reply

    i know what the boys name is and the girls and the rivals name is right so first if u pick a boy name him lucas if u picked a girl name her dawn and for the rival alot of resaerch had 2 b done but his name is tyson



  9. how do u use a poke radar

  10. Hey, my son needs to know how to smash rocks… I have no idea what that means. Can you help??

  11. use ur masterball on the three legends mesprit azelf or uxie

  12. Charizard is bombin' // March 10, 2008 at 10:19 pm // Reply

    When your pokemon are a lower level than th elite 4 or sumthnin, dont think you’ll really lose because pokemon you train for some reason tend to be a lot stronger than any gym leaders or elite 4’s

  13. im the pokemon master // March 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm // Reply

    yo if u guys wants to be the master fight me and win just tell me when your ready

  14. When you realese the 3 pokemon from what do you do

  15. the big cat // March 7, 2008 at 10:18 am // Reply

    if u want to get the pearl legederay on dimond get both games and get a friend and ask him if u can use his/her ds and trade the pearl legedery on diomond and trade a not so good pokemon and start a new game on pearl if u want


  17. i used a great ball on palkia and it worked just fine. but now i dont know what to use my master ball on!

  18. how do i catch creselia without a masterball

  19. how do you get the note from prof. oak to get shaymin?

  20. pokemon master // March 1, 2008 at 1:12 pm // Reply

    how do i arceous without the azure flute

  21. go into victory road and fight anything that aperes i have a lv.63 infernape 68 palkia 71 heatran 72 giratina and 51 flygon.

  22. you get palkia in mt. cornet.

  23. luxray master highest level // February 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm // Reply

    make sure u have lots and lots of potions when u face a gym leader if u dont have good pokemon to face the gyms !lol

  24. how can i get to sunshore city

  25. i need to get the azure flute i already got darkrai

  26. If my pokemon is using strength and I push it all the way until I hit a dead end, which pokemon and/or move would I use to destory the boulder? Also, what town is Dialga in?

  27. where do you see a wormadam

  28. What pokemon is in the statue in the pokemon mansion?

  29. How do you get all the pokemon in your national pokedex?

  30. I need to find out how to

  31. flame wheel 967 // February 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    where do you find palkia in pokemon pearl

  32. fire ball 91 // February 24, 2008 at 9:22 pm // Reply

    where is dialga in pokemon diamond ?

  33. where do you get a deoxy on pokemon pearl??????????? =)

  34. where do you get a deoxy on pokemon pearl?

  35. hey! remember to breed a ditto with your starter pokemon to get copies. find ditto on route 218 using pokeradar or migrate. bye!

  36. d same way u got the other forms

  37. who has at least 4 legendary pokemon

  38. can anyone with empolean beat torterra

  39. Tabisha there’s 28 unknown

  40. anyone know all of the poke champions pokemon

  41. master empoleon // February 19, 2008 at 12:03 pm // Reply

    i picked a piplup for my starter because it will leaner

    the move drill peck which comes in handy when your fighting a grass pokemon it can also leaner the move surf effective aganist fire like infernape drill peck is also effective aganst torterra and infernape

  42. celeboy 2000 // February 18, 2008 at 8:05 pm // Reply

    964-D LOOK HERE

    The original one is arceus and you can only catch him through a special nintendo event,action replay,or a gameshark

  43. celeboy 2000 // February 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm // Reply

    LOOK HERE 967-jj

    you catch dialga at the top of mt coronet

  44. From a power standpoint infernape is the strongest, but the issue is natures. You usually wnat a nature that helps you with hurting at all, essentially something lowers the type of attack you dont use. But, in infernapes case there is no moveset that can do this with good moves, therefore by a technicality, it is not the strongest. Empoleon with a modest nature knowing the moves Ice Beam, Surf, Flash Cannon, and hydro cannon (as a last resort move) would be the strongest. Give it the item wiseglasses, quick claw, or wide lens to maximize this.

  45. ok I have 2 questions do you get the other forms or deoxys and.2. I captured all of the legendaries in the sinnoh region that everyone one talks about but there is still one slot left and it is number 489 what pokemon goes there

  46. yer where u get lickitung aneways tht guy plz ansa him nd me we need to know where lickitung is he asked on page 13

  47. How to get Mesprit

    After the events at the Spear Pillar, you can get the legendary trio.

    Uxie and Azelf are like catching Diagla or Palkia, but Mesprit runs away.

    Prof. Rowan will come and tell you to go get the marking map from the Poketch company in Jubilife City.

    If you al least beat the fifth gym leader, the guy wearing a blue tux will give you a marking map.

    It looks like a Berry finder, and you will see a face. Follow it and go find Mesprit.

    Now, don’t use fly or Mesprit will zoom away.

    If you’re lucky, you may confront Mesprit. However, after your move Mesprit will flee, so you better have a pokemon knowing Mean Look wit the speed at least 85 and Mesprit won’t be able to run. Go use Quick Balls, Ultra Balls and Great Balls.

  48. where do you forget a move! for my lucario

  49. mega man 15433 // February 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm // Reply

    to get shaymin you need an action replay and equip the cheat run any where. then go to the pokemon league and go to where it is red ground and go to the white rock then run upward until you reach flowers then keep on runing forward until you come to stairs go up and up you should be in the mystery zone close to the land mass with the battle tower on it you can catch it realy easily with a quick ball at the start of the battle cause it is only level .30

  50. It would be good for u 2 catch all 26 UNOWN in the Solaceon Ruins. The little kid that you talked to in the ruinns will give you Seals that look like the UNOWN you caught if you show it to him.

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